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One with nature – Rewarding Eco-friendly schools

Spreading awareness and knowledge about sustainable development among children is essential for Goa’s future. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) took a step further and awarded schools for their work in the social, cultural and environmental spheres.

Speaking at the award distribution of the Sustainability Tracking, Action and Reporting in Schools (STARS) project, Chairman of Dempo Group of Companies Shrinivas Dempo said that schools are the most important stakeholders in changing the environment.

Recognizing Environment Champions

Three institutes across the state were recognized and awarded in the following categories.

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  • Adarsh V V High School, Margao, for the best environmental initiative
  • Our Lady of Succour High School, Nagoa  for best social initiatives
  • Sharada Mandir School, Miramar, bagged  for best cultural initiative

In addition, four educational centers  were provided with paper recycling plants, a few institues with LED fixtures and two schools with a composting station and a sanitation facility. To make them operational, various sensitization, training workshops and field visits were conducted.

According to news reports, the project was designed keeping in mind that everyone listens to children – parents and teachers alike. Therefore if students are taught correct practices to conserve nature, they can spread the message in society.

This is not the first project undertaken by TERI, however if the mentality of the society does not change the environmental progress of Goa will move at a very slow pace.

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